Living and studying in South Korea may provide students an opportunity to explore a beautiful and vibrant country. Studying in South Korea is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whether exploring South Korea’s large and bustling capital city, Seoul, or the country’s lush coastlands and countryside, students are sure to enjoy a variety of interesting sights and gorgeous views.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of South Korean universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of South Korean universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general South Korea's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s knowledge transfer and regional engagement dimensions.
The average summer abroad in South Korea costs between $2,945 and $5,800. Students eager to enroll in exchange programmes can plan to spend $11,995 for a semester, or $15,995 for a year. Some programme costs include airfare, and all of them include meals with host families, as well as programme excursions.
The Korean government demands a certain level of English or Korean from international students because basic English or Korean skills are needed in order to have a comfortable stay in Korea.
The international students required to submit his/her Test of Proficiency in Korean(TOPIK) scores to apply for a regular degree course in Korea. The Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) is aimed to providing the direction for the study of the Korean language to foreigners who don't speak Korean as their native language and evaluating their Korean language speaking ability to use the evaluation result for their study abroad and employment.
If international students would like to study in Korea for a regular degree course, it is generally required to submit TOPIK Level 3 or higher accompanied by the admission documents to the corresponding college or university and reach TOPIK Level 4 or higher to graduate. However, if international students would like to apply the courses are given in English, the applicants submit the certificate of English proficiency (ie. TOEFL) and they don’t need to acquire TOPIK scores nor reach TOPIK Level 4 or higher to graduate.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in South Korea. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
Anyone who wants to study abroad must obtain a student visa from a Korean Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence. This can be obtained only after preparing all the required documents to enter Korea, including a university admission letter. The type of visa required differs according to what kind of course (Korean language training, regular degree, research, or exchange student) will be taken. For a student visa, applicants (seeking a degree higher than a professional school, research course, or exchange student course will require a D-2 visa) and those studying Korean language at a university language school will need a D-4 Visa.